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ksquid 09-19-2006 06:25 AM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
Wow! Cool tracks AMA should put a race in Houston. Texas is a such large important market...

signit98 09-19-2006 07:25 AM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
I think the layout looks utterly boring... what did they do, let some kid play with rulers and corner radiuses?

All it is is one off the shelf corner radius after the next, connected by perfect straights?

No sweepers (well, except that one feeble attempt) no super "s", no accelerating radius leading the the next corner... just boring, plain forward off the shelf design with no character and no life... Why not build another NeckCar road course... that couorse seems to be about as exciting as the typical NASCAR oval...

ksquid 09-19-2006 07:33 AM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
You make a great point. I guess I am most positive about having a "proper" race track (Mladin voice) in a large market. In addition, these types of tracks sometimes provide the best racing i.e. multiple racing lines and places to pass... like EuroSpeedway in East Germany..

orcyclist 09-19-2006 10:51 AM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
It does have potential, but the turns need to be reconfigured to be of differeing radius. Shorter courses need to be made through the use of connecting roads. I don't want to be a club racer on a 3 mile course. But it is good to see a new track being built. I wish that we in Oregon could get someone to do the same.

The_AirHawk 09-19-2006 12:36 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
I must be missing something here - of the 20 turns, there are 12 different radii amongst them. Of the "repeats", there are four (4) 145ft. radius turns, five (5) 125ft. radius turns, and two (2) 185ft. radius turns.


This is in *3* miles of track. Granted, there should be some crossovers to divide the track up a bit - 3 miles is a long bit of rowing on a gearbox for club racing (SCCA and the like). Something this size could have at least two dividers.

Otherwise, this looks like a very fast and challenging track - the NASCRAP boys will still have to "hire out" drivers to run this one.

Gluge 09-19-2006 12:51 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
what's wrong with a 3 mile course? I think I prefer longer courses.

smathai 09-19-2006 12:56 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
Is it just me or is there a really dangerous corner on the MSR Houston track?

If you see the Panoz video there's a left-hander onto the pits/small straight that curves directly into a freaking wall!!

Great for sliding a motorcycle into or bouncing a car off of. Genius design.

ksquid 09-19-2006 12:56 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
Wow good info... Thanks..

smathai 09-19-2006 01:04 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
That's not to say other tracks are safe, just saying that if you're building a new track at a time when a racer's health is more of an issue than it used to be (maybe I'm wrong), you can do something intelligent about it.

Blade-Rider 09-19-2006 01:35 PM

Re: New Track for Houston Area
Why are there beautiful tracks in countries all over the world like Qatar, Maylasia, Czech republic (former Iron Curtain), South Africa etc. and North America is saddled with modifed Nascar tracks and uninspired layouts? How many motorcycle fans are in Qatar??

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